Tag Archives: Productivity

Take Your Life Back

The waiter was halfway through taking my family’s order when his manager called him away. “Where did the waiter go?” Sophia, our seven-year-old, asked. Daniel, our five-year old, looked at me and then answered, “I think he had to take a conference call.” * * * Even before hearing Daniel’s analysis of the waiter’s momentary […]

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The Best Strategy for Reducing Stress

Imagine you’re sailing in the Bahamas, sipping a cold drink and listening to the water lapping the sides of the boat. Relaxing, right? Not for my friend Rob.* Rob is not usually stressed-out. For many people, Rob’s daily work would be hair-pulling stressful — he’s a real estate developer who routinely deals with a multitude […]

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Defend Your Sweet Spot

Spending time on projects that he considered unimportant was driving Carlos* insane. Carlos is an excellent leader. He’s turned around every business that he’s led and the people who work for him are loyal and, under his guidance, have quickly become powerful leaders themselves. He’s exceptionally good at what he does, which is why wasting […]

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What’s On Your To-Don’t List?

When the first iPad came out, I bought it, became obsessed, and, within two weeks, returned it. Why did the obsession wear off so quickly? It didn’t. I returned it because I was obsessed. I spent every free minute on it. Which left me with no free minutes. I wanted my freedom back. When the second iPad came […]

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A Super-Efficient Email Process

“Here’s my problem with email,” Jane*, a lawyer friend of mine told me recently, “I open Outlook expecting to quickly check my email, but then I read an email with a link in it, I follow the link, and then I’m lost on the internet for hours.” “My job is to be on email,” Jane […]

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Coping with Email Overload

A few weeks ago, I returned from a week-long technology-free vacation with my family. No computer, no phone, no email. When I got to the office and checked my computer, I had hundreds of email messages waiting for me. I took a deep breath and started in on them. Three hours later, my inbox — […]

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Do You Need a Checkup?

I had been feeling a little odd; a number of minor physical discomforts were leading me to feel anxious about my health in general. And that anxiety was subtly getting in the way of my performance. I was a little less focused. A little more scattered. So when Michael Newcombe, the new general manager of […]

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